Obsession - A Life with Magic (3 stars)

Winning performance Ian Kendall, whose obsession with magic stems from Asperger’s Syndrome

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This article is from 2012.

Obsession - A Life with Magic

Ian Kendall sits front and centre as the audience files in, greeting everyone in turn and encouraging people to fill up the front rows. He throws in a few neat tricks while people are still entering; it’s this casual attitude to performing a set is what makes his show so engaging. As well as letting us know he’s been performing on the Fringe for over 20 years, he also tells us he has Asperger’s Syndrome, a symptom of which is his tireless (eight hours’ practise a day) obsession with magic. The odd trick is mishandled, but Kendall’s roguish charm means you’re won over anyway – especially when he slips in a real eye-opener while you’re still stroking your chin over his apparent fumble.

This article is from 2012.

Obsession - A Life With Magic

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What happens when you show an Asperger's kid something cool? Veteran performer Ian Kendall celebrates his 21st year on the Fringe with an update of last year's five star, complete sell-out show. Using 'Slick, stylish sleight of hand' (BroadwayBaby.com), he explains what it is like to be obsessed with magic and how a…

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